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Arena Pharmaceuticals Provides Update on GPR119 Portfolio for Type 2 Diabetes
Date:11/4/2010

119 is expressed in beta cells, which are located in the pancreas and responsible for producing insulin in response to increases in blood glucose. Stimulation of GPR119 has been shown to promote insulin release by beta cells in response to elevated blood glucose levels. In addition, GPR119 is expressed in cells other than pancreatic beta cells, such as endocrine cells in the gastrointestinal tract. In preclinical studies and clinical trials, GPR119 has been shown to stimulate the release of GLP-1, GIP and PYY, incretins that play important roles in insulin regulation and metabolism.

About Diabetes The International Diabetes Federation estimates that approximately 285 million adults worldwide will have diabetes in 2010, and that approximately 90-95% of diabetics in developed countries suffer from type 2 diabetes, which is characterized by inadequate response to insulin, inadequate secretion of insulin as blood glucose levels rise, or dysregulation of glucose production by the liver. Therapies for type 2 diabetes are directed toward correcting the body's inadequate response with oral or injectable medications, directly modifying insulin levels by injection of insulin or insulin analogs, modifying nutrient absorption from the gut or modifying hepatic glucose production.

A significant portion of type 2 diabetics fail oral medication and require injectable agents. Current oral medications for type 2 diabetes have a number of side effects, including hypoglycemia, weight gain, edema, and possibly an increase in cardiovascular mortality, prompting continued efforts to develop therapeutics to improve the treatment of diabetes.

About Arena PharmaceuticalsArena is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing oral drugs that target G protein-coupled receptors, an important class of validated drug targets, in four major therapeutic areas: cardiovascular, central nervous system, inflammatory and met
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